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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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mad sewing skills! nice work :) I have an Exped 60 as well, wonderful pack- I wish it weighed a little less-mine weighs 40 oz on the button (like everything we pack), but there isn't much...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Fabric Selection
April 14, 8:01pm

measured loft
bags typically use both top and bottom for their measurement, quilts are typically measured w/ just one side (top) I use this as a rough guide, (just halve the measured loft w/ a bag)

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
April 14, 6:40pm

Re: Re: inverted V
I sold my Duomid (along w/ the pole jacks), I believe they were 5-6"- used them in conjunction w/ BD Alpine Carbon Corks fully extended the inverted V was definitely superior w/ poor weathe...

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 14, 5:40pm

forgot to update this thread, spent a cool night out (upper 20's) in a debris shelter covered w/ snow using my half bag and parka (OR Transcendent), bivy and short pad (in conjunction w/ natura...

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
April 14, 5:35pm

Re: Re
Owen is correct, it's definitely individual, but for me it's a legitimate 20 degree quilt w/ base layers on the footbox, an open footbox is nice in warm weather, but I want my quilt to p...

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
April 14, 5:27pm

Re: Re: inverted V
just two simple pole jacks added to my trekking poles, aluminum stock inside diameter to fit the tips snugly, cut to the correct length and then add plastic caps to the bottom- sourced everything a...

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 14, 5:21pm

that's the setup I carry outside of "winter" (winter I carry a down half bag/parka, longer pad, bivy)- a little over 10 oz- I use the AMK heavy duty blanket (6.4 oz), 12 hour beeswax ...

In GEAR » Emergency shelter with lower extremity injury
April 14, 7:28am

inverted V
pretty nifty setup that Locus has :) I just made my own pole jacks for my Duomid-aluminum stock, light and cheap

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 13, 5:45pm

Khufu vs Solomid XL
little off the original topic, but..... I've been looking at a Solomid XL in cuben, but the Khufu looks interesting the Solomid XL is a little longer 110" vs 105", the Khufu is wi...

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 13, 7:32am

Re: Re: Scales for weighing gear
I've had this one for five years now, easy on batteries and accurate- only goes up to 6.6 lbs, but that should cover most UL items :)

In GEAR » Scales for weighing gear
April 13, 7:11am

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Petzl e+LITE
I thought I had added my review earlier on this lamp, but hadn't :) I've been very impressed w/ this diminutive lamp- if you're looking for a lamp for hours of night travel- this isn'...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 25, 12:08pm

Black Diamond Carbon Cork
@ 16 oz (pair) these are certainly heavier than some of the UL offerings, but still relatively light the FlickLock is about as solid of a adjustment as I've seen for trekking poles- I'm sur...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 4:19pm

not sure why it's listed with the frameless packs, while not a robust frame- the carbon fiber/derlin frame is certainly a frame and definitely helps w/ the load capacity of this pack anywho- th...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 13, 5:17pm

Montrail Sabino Trail
My first pair are over a year old now w/ ~ 500 backpacking/trail running miles- there is some light fraying here and there, but overall are still in very good condition. I've never had a hot spot...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:23pm

Dirty Girl Gaiters
I'd probably go 4.5 just because of the needed velcro, but I like these enough I wanted to round up. They are breathable, they are light and they do a great job of keeping stuff out of your sho...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:11pm

Osprey Talon 22
double post- whoops :)

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:26pm

Osprey Talon 22
The Talon is a very full featured pack, that carries like a dream (w/ reasonable loads). I use it for snowshoeing day trips and it swallows up the gear- shovel, bivy, down parka, etc I love the be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:22pm

Wet Fire Fire Starting Tinder
I'm a little redundant w/ fire starting stuff (boy scout in me I guess)- the wetfire tinders are my "if I absolutely need to start a fire" tinder. they will even burn in water or on sno...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 14, 7:49pm

Smartwool Beanie
my Smartwool beanie makes into both my day pack and multi-day trips, light weight, warm, takes up almost no space- I don't go anywhere w/o it going on two years and it still looks/fits great

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 20, 8:47pm

Moosejaw the company
I've made numerous transaction with moosejaw and they have always been smooth and hassle free. their staff is knowledgable and they frequently have the best prices on gear I do have one smal...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 7:00pm